Wrap of the July 2021 Council meeting
Published on 29 July 2021
Push to save election date
The State Government recently announced that Local Government Elections have been pushed back to December 4, 2021. Council will lobby the State Government to allow regional elections to be conducted on September 4, 2021, as was originally planned.
Blacktown Sister City supported
Council will look to forge a new Sister City relationship with Blacktown. The partnership would primarily focus on art and cultural exchanges, and build on an existing relationship between the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and Blacktown Arts. Initial conversations between the Councils' respective Mayors have been positive, with collection sharing, art tours, artist exchanges, and staff exchanges all flagged as potential benefits for the future.
A push by Councillor Tom Kennedy and Bob Algate to reinvigorate the Bankstown Sporting Exchange was also supported via an addendum.
More details here.
Library policies on show
Three policies regarding library internet access, library membership, and the general operation of the library service are available for public comment for the next 28 days. Those with an interest in the library can view the policies on page 111 of this month's business papers, and submissions to the policies can be made here.
Focus on speed limits
Council will put a motion to the next Local Government NSW conference requesting that 40km/h speed limits be introduced around all kindergarten and daycare facilities.
Green light for banner poles
Council awarded a $886,435 tender to One Wifi & Infratsructuyre Pty Ltd to provide smart banner poles for the CBD and Patton Street. The tender stipulates that the banner poles must reflect the city's heritage architecture, but must also include lighting and connections for future smart technology additions such as CCTV, audio, and WiFi.
Wayfinding tender awarded
Council awarded two tenders ($774,320 total) for stages 1 and 2 of the CBD Wayfinding project. The project will privde new signage and storytelling for key facilities and sites around the city centre, and provide better direction for tourists.
Court case audit
An independent audit of legal proceedings will be conducted at the conclusion of the Civic Centre case in conjunction with the Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, with a subsequent report to go to Council.
Utility relocation tender
Council awarded a $342,904 tender to vertex Power and Process Pty Ltd for relocation of utility and electrical assets as part of the Galena Street upgrades at the intersections of Talc and Mercury Streets.